Reading Challenges for 2011

One of the things I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time is read more books.  I love to read.  I love homeschooling using Sonlight because it gives me the opportunity to read great books to my children.  But reading for myself has been pushed aside and I’d like to do more reading for myself. 

At first I thought about just challenging myself to read some books and keep a list (maybe on my sidebar?) but then in the last two days I’ve come across some friends who are participating in some reading challenges.   I’ve decided to join them.

First I came across Karla’s blog post where she shared about the challenge What’s in A Name.    There are 6 categories and the challenge is to read one book that fits each category.   I’m looking forward to finding books that fit the name challenge!

Earlier today one of my FB friends mentioned a Jane Austen reading challenge.  I *love* Jane Austen.  With this challenge you can read Jane Austen novels, novels inspired by Jane Austen novels or movies inspired by the novels.   I am planning on re-reading all of her novels and watching a few movies.  I think I might even read a couple of Jane Austen inspired novels.  I checked out an audio book about Mr. Darcy but never got around to listening to it.  I think I’ll try again.   BooBear plans on joining me for this challenge and I look forward to spending some mom & daughter time together watching Jane Austen movies.

From the blog of the Jane Austen Challenge Hostess, I discovered a Reading the Classics challenge for 2011.  For this challenge I am allowed to use the Jane Austen novels.  I’m planning on choosing 6 more “classics”. There is no set limit for this challenge but I’d like read at least 6.  I’ll post when I have my list of 6 finalized. 

In addition to the above reading challenges, I am challenging myself to read at least 4 NON-fiction books that would encourage, educate or challenge me in the area of my (still relatively new) faith.

What are your reading plans for this year?


  1. Love it, Tess!

    I failed at the What's in a Name challenge last year. I think I probably did really well in all the others, except that I didn't keep track of any of it. I'm hoping by scaling it down, well...

  2. I just saw the Jane Austen one, too! Also, a Lucy Maude Montgomery one... and a digital editions one. I was tempted to sign up for all of them, but I decided I better stick with what I have... I do love to readreadread, but keeping track of all that might become a logistical nightmare... or something! LOL! I'll look forward to seeing what you read on the What's in a Name? challenge! Have fun!

  3. I'm so glad you signed up Tess! For quite a few years I've let my own personal reading slide with all we do for homeschool, but in this last 6 months to a year I've been trying to make more time for it...receiving a couple of really good books to review got my interest up and made me realize I needed to make time for it too.

  4. So happy you are joining in! I am hoping it is tons of fun for everyone that signed up!

    I know *exactly* what you mean when you say you you don't have a whole lot of time for reading! Reading is such a passion of mine and one I hope to spend more time doing in 2011, which is why i take on challenges! {and host them! :) }

    Happy Reading!

  5. I do a Historical Fiction challenge every year - it's fun to push myself to read books from categories different than the ones I gravitate towards.

    I also try to read a classic during each of the fasting seasons, and have hosted a read-along for them on my blog, which has been fun.


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